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Coroner: Pimp C May Have Died of Natural Causes

12/4/2007 8:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Pimp CCapt. Ed Winter of the L.A. County Coroner's office tells TMZ that it appears as though rapper Pimp C died of natural causes in a Hollywood hotel room today.

We're told no drug paraphernalia or other drugs were found in the room. The rapper, we've learned, was found fully clothed on top of the bed. He did not seem to have fallen or injured himself and he was positioned on his side.

Winter said it did not appear that there was anyone else in the room at the time of his death. An autopsy will be performed and toxicology test results will be available in six to eight weeks.

Pimp C, whose real name is Chad Butler, was one half of the Houston rap duo UGK.

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na na    

some people never stop hating racism is the devils advocate. pimp c baby rest in peace and you haters stop hating on TEXAS.

2492 days ago
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Young Smurff of TNC/ FAV ENT    

One Love to UGK and Trill I feel your pain cause this was a big loss. To Pimp C's family and Bun B my heart goes out to you on this sad occasaion. You have my deepest sympathy and respect. and to all those f**k boys out there like phony tony go outside stand on your roof, flip off it, land on your neck and KILL YOURSELF bytch for that f**k boy comment. RAP WILL NEVER DIE IN THE SOUTH THIS S**T JUST GOT STARTED.
On the strength of Pimp C, WE GONE TAKE IT THERE. TopNotchClick/ F**k A Verse Ent

TNC/FAV ENT 1life1love Jackson, Ms

2492 days ago
63.

L.A. Douchenozzle, Esq.    

I don't care what killed him as long as he's dead, really really dead. If that Spice Pimp croaks too, this will be a GREAT DAY!!!
Now if all rap fans would kill each other too, I couldn't ask for more from Santa.

2492 days ago
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who fuggin cares    

laugh a minute:
it must be difficult to imagine
that things are not always as they seem.
the voices of the disappointed must be heard in a place like this one
for the disappointed do not know what it means to have lived their dreams.

2492 days ago
65.

P-Type    

That is my favorite song right now with Outkast/Ugk!!!!! Condolences- R.I.P..

2492 days ago
66.

na na    

if i could reach out and beat the hell out of somebody it would be #47 better yet I would like for you die and go straight to hell with unlimited nights and weekends.

2492 days ago
67.

Rick    

It Really is a shame how ignorant our society is. These people are artists and have lives outside of the music industry in world. you all talk about rappers and drugs, do we forget about rock and roll and drugs as well. Some of you need to get out of the house and realize that America is a diverse country, if you dont like that then you belong somewhere else.

2492 days ago
68.

J    


Sometimes a voice says to just go to sleep & stop breatheing - you can fight it or not.

2492 days ago
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na na    

Shannon #57 Your momma is a BYTCH and a WHITE TRASH BYTCH AT THAT. She probably had sex with your sorry ass grandfather and made your nasty ass you stupid bytch.

2492 days ago
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anthony    

LOS ANGELES - Pimp C, one-half of the veteran Houston rap group UGK, was found dead in an upscale hotel on Tuesday. He was 33.
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"It is with great regret that I must confirm that Chad Butler aka Pimp C, one half of the legendary UGK, was in fact discovered dead this morning," his publicist, Nancy Byron, said in a statement. "Manager Rick Martin is asking that everyone please respect his family and those close to him at this time and refrain from rumors and innuendo."

Pimp C, born Chad Butler, was found dead in the Mondrian hotel, a longtime music-industry hangout.

Butler and his partner, Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, were pioneers of Southern rap, and hit the mainstream with their cameo on Jay-Z's smash "Big Pimpin'." Though they never enjoyed the pop-chart success of some other rappers, their 1996 CD "Ridin' Dirty" is considered a rap classic, and their laid-back sound, complete with gangsta tales of creeping through humid streets gripping wood-grain steering wheels, was influential in shaping the Southern rap movement.

The duo's career was derailed when Butler was jailed for three years in 2002 on gun charges. He released an album while in prison, and this year the group made a comeback with the critically acclaimed album "Underground Kingz," which included the hit "Int'l Player's Anthem (I Choose You)," featuring OutKast.

Barry Weiss, CEO of their record label, Jive, said in a statement: "We mourn the unexpected loss of Chad. He was truly a thoughtful and kind-hearted person. He will be remembered for his talent and profound influence as a pioneer in bringing southern rap to the forefront."

Butler, who grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, came from a musical lineage. His father was a professional trumpet player, and the rapper studied classical music in high school. He even received a Division I rating on a tenor solo at a University Interscholastic League choir competition.

"That's how I came up listening to everything," he told The Associated Press in a 2005 interview. "Music don't have no color or no face. It's a universal language. I think being exposed to all that kind of stuff influences the way I make records."

But it was rap music that would become his passion. Together with Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, Butler's friend since junior high, they started UGK, short for Underground Kingz

2492 days ago
71.

pamala    

TO THAT LA PERSON YOURRRRRRR MAD ITS EATING YOU UP INSIDE BLACK PPL DOING THER THING GETING MONEY GETING FAME HAVEING WHITE PPL LOVE THEM AND THE MUSIC IN YOUR HONOR I'M GOING TO MERRY A WHITE GUY

2492 days ago
72.

renee    

THER IS A SUCH THING AS NATURAL CAUSES!! HATERS! YOU STUPID PEOPLE DONT KNOW NOTHING
R.I.P PIMP C

2492 days ago
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reggie    

R.I.P Chad Butler, it's a damn shame how low some people stoop to gratify themselves, it was time for you to go home i hope you have a peaceful journey. my condolences go out to the Butler and Freeman families. you are in a better place because a lot of people who didn't know you don't like you even in death.

2492 days ago
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PAPA "T"    

PIMP WHO?????

2492 days ago
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anthony    

Foolish people do foolish things...So all the foolish comments that are truly coming from internet gangstas ..come on down to texas and speak your comments and see how many Wht-boy, mexicans, blks kick your asses...cause hiphop has no color neither does ignorance!!!....RIP PIMP C THE LEGEND!!!

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